5 Gift Ideas for Cancer Patients That Are Thoughtful and Useful

Since I was diagnosed with breast cancer and started chemotherapy, I’ve received so many wonderful gifts from my family and friends. I’ve been completely blown away by the generosity and thought put into each of them. I wanted to share some of these ideas. In case you are ever looking for gift ideas for cancer patients and you’re unsure what to get.

Gift Ideas for Cancer Patients - Love from Mim

5 Gift ideas for Cancer patients:

1.  A Chemo Care Package

If your friend is going to be undergoing chemotherapy, they can expect many boring hours spent in the Chemo ward. They will have little to do but read a book or watch TV. Of course do offer to go with them!

My lovely Mums Group put together a care package of chemotherapy gifts for me full of so many different things to keep me occupied. It had magazines, an adult colouring book (now I’m hooked on these!), puzzle books, drinks and snacks.

I was so delighted to get this and the thought that went into putting it together still gives me the warm fuzzies now!

2.  Hand Cream

My skin has changed drastically since starting chemo – it’s so much drier than before. I also have to wash my hands so many times to prevent infection spreading that my hands are even drier than the rest of me.

Hand cream is a Godsend. As well as the benefits of the actual soothing and moisturising cream, the process of taking a few minutes for myself and gently massaging in the hand cream is very therapeutic too.

Yes! Nurse Hand Cream and Moisture Mittens - a great gift idea for cancer patients

I love this beautiful hand cream that Yes! Nurse sent for me. It comes with gloves to pop on at night after I’ve applied the cream!

3.  Food

You might like to offer to bring round prepared freezer meals to save your friend from having to cook if they feel unwell. Otherwise, you might like to send a gift of their favourite food treat to cheer them up!

Bear in mind that the sense of taste can really change for someone undergoing chemo. They might also have bad mouth ulcers. Check with them or their family first to see if this is something they really want.

4.  PJs or a Dressing Gown

Whether it’s a hospital stay or pottering around at home, I’ve been spending a lot of time in my PJs. When my friends sent me a lovely dressing gown from Peter Alexander, of of my favourite stores, I was delighted!

Peter Alexander Dressing Gown - a lovely gift idea for Cancer patients

It was such a thoughtful gift and I wore them daily.

5.  Pampering and Skincare Goodies

Along with dry hands, all of my skin became much drier during chemo.

I was sent some lovely skincare and pampering goodies from Nivea and Vital Touch.

Nivea also have their Firming Body Lotion, Micellar Water, Extra Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover, Day Cream and Night Cream Cream and Lip Balm.

Nivea Skin Care Products - a lovely gift idea for Cancer patients

I’ve been a really big Nivea fan for so many years and really love their products. A lot of their range would make lovely cancer patient gift ideas.

After hearing about my cancer treatment, the lovely people at Natalia by Vital Touch sent me their adorable Mum’s Gorgeous Pampering Box! It’s such a beautiful pampering kit for mums containing their Mummy’s Yummy Body Scrub, Time for Mum Bath Soak, Mum’s Miracle Balm and a baby soft organic cotton flannel.

Natalia by Vital Touch Skin Care - a lovely gift idea for Cancer patients

Chemo took it’s toll on my mind as well as my body. Taking time out to pamper myself really gave me the chance to relax and clear my head.

You should also check out the fabulous range of chemo gift ideas offered by award-winning site Not Another Bunch of Flowers. Their range offers a fabulous array of handpicked gifts from cancer survivor, Anikka, who really gets what a cancer patient needs.

I love their range of thoughtful gifts for cancer patients for women and men. From skincare, blankets, hats, sleepwear and so much more. Look at this gorgeous Soup making gift set!

Not Another Bunch of Flowers - a fantastic website with gifts for cancer patients

The website isn’t limited to those undergoing cancer treatment though so if you’re looking for gift ideas for chemo patients or cancer patients generally, I’d definitely recommend you take a look! They also delivery worldwide :)

If you have a family member or friend undergoing cancer treatment and want to know what to buy someone who has cancer, I hope the cancer gift ideas above help.

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  1. Aleisha Sullivan
    6th November 2016 / 7:04 pm

    I love this post!
    So helpful. I’ve decided to send my Nanna hand cream and fluffy pajamas for her hospital stay. Thanks Mim x

  2. Rach
    23rd March 2016 / 2:32 am

    Lovely, thoughtful gift ideas.
    I remember when my Mum was undergoing chemo for breast cancer back in 2009, I took the box set of Gavin & Stacey round to hers and we sat there for a full day watching every single episode. It was just what she needed at the time. I remember that day with fondness to be honest, it was wonderful to see her laugh when she was going through such a hard time. Of course, with Netflix etc. it’s all a bit different now but I remember how much difference a DVD made to her that day. I really hope you’re keeping well and I just want you to know I’m thinking of you. #thelist

    • 23rd March 2016 / 11:11 am

      Oh that’s such a lovely idea and it’s so wonderful that she had you to support her :) I hope all is ok x

  3. 20th March 2016 / 2:09 am

    I have to say I think the UK chocolate care package would be my favourite too. Not only am I addicted to chocolate but it’s nice to have sweets from home. They are never quite the same abroad, despite being yummy in their own way :) xxx #thelist

    • 20th March 2016 / 10:34 am

      Oh I miss UK Cadburys as much as I miss my UK family I think :) x

    • 20th March 2016 / 6:52 pm

      Thank you Sarah! x

  4. 19th March 2016 / 1:06 am

    I am so glad that your lovely fiends have been taking care of you and sent such thoughtful gifts. After my hysterectomy by best friends sent a lovely pack with english chocolates from Thorntons, an adult colouring book and magazine. It meant so much! Sending positive, strong thoughts your way!

    • 20th March 2016 / 5:33 pm

      Oh how lovely – I love Thorntons chocolate! x

  5. 18th March 2016 / 10:31 pm

    Aw, some lovely suggestions here. A helpful post for so many. When my auntie had breast cancer, she said one of the loveliest gifts was a manicure set and bright red nail polish. She felt so rubbish but being able to have lovely nails meant a lot to her. Really hope you are doing okay xx #thelist

    • 20th March 2016 / 12:59 pm

      Oh that’s such a good idea – you feel so ‘urgh’ a lot that lovely bright nails would cheer you up! x

  6. 18th March 2016 / 7:31 pm

    I love this Mim, really helpful! My mum went through chemo and spent a lot of time in hospital and I know she most appreciated the magazines, books, food and coffee that was brought to her bedside and most definitely the company and small time gossip about TV shows and generic stuff that made her laugh. I’ll be sharing this post as I think it’s very helpful to people who may feel at a loss. #TheList

    • 20th March 2016 / 12:58 pm

      Oh thank you so much Haidee! Oh yes I agree with your mum :) x

  7. 18th March 2016 / 6:50 pm

    Such thoughful gifts. I have a friend who is undergoing chemo for breast cancer and I sent her a little package of burts bees stuff which included hand cream and lip balm because I read that your lips can get sore with the chemo.

    I hope that your treatment is going ok xx


    • 20th March 2016 / 12:57 pm

      Oh that’s such a good one as yes, mouth sores are horrid! Thanks lovely x

  8. 18th March 2016 / 2:24 pm

    These are such thoughtful gifts Mim – it really is hard to know what to buy but these are beautiful ideas. I LOVE the soup making kit, I want one and I quite like the ironic side “when you’re sick eat soup” xx

    • 20th March 2016 / 12:56 pm

      Ah I love the soup kit too! x

  9. 18th March 2016 / 9:09 am

    How wonderful. there’s some great ideas here Mim. Mentioning you in my #LittleLoves post going live tomorrow. Lots of love x

    • 20th March 2016 / 12:55 pm

      Oh thank you so much lady! x x

  10. 18th March 2016 / 2:31 am

    Oh it’s lovely that you have received such thoughtful things. I like this post, so many times I have wanted to get something for someone going through treatment but not been sure what would be useful or needed. I hope all is going well and it’s nice to see that you are being so well looked after xx

    • 20th March 2016 / 12:55 pm

      I’m so pleased it’s helpful, thanks lovely! x

  11. 17th March 2016 / 8:52 pm

    These are such lovely, thoughtful gifts. You must be a wonderful person to have such amazing friends, it’s not luck that people love you enough to do things like this for you when you need it most.x

    • 17th March 2016 / 8:53 pm

      Oh Natalie that’s such a lovely thing to say! I am very lucky though to have so much love and support x x

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